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Wembley stadium director Boylan announces departure

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Liam Boylan has announced today (Tuesday) that he will be stepping down as stadium director at Wembley after almost nine years at the venue.

Boylan joined Wembley in January 2015 as head of events before becoming general manager in December 2016. He took up his current role of stadium director in July 2020.

Boylan confirmed his departure in a post on LinkedIn, with the Football Association now seeking applications for his replacement. He will be taking up a new role elsewhere in early 2024.

“Yes, I am doing the unthinkable and leaving, what I believe is, the best stadium in the world, but I have had an amazing nine years under the arch and it was not an easy decision to leave,” Boylan said.

“Unfortunately I cannot say where I am going at this time, but It goes without saying that my next role is an amazing opportunity and something I simply could not turn down and I cannot wait to start early in 2024. I will post again once I can discuss where I will be.”

Wembley has hosted several high-profile events during Boylan’s time as stadium director, including the final of UEFA Euro 2020, a record-breaking All Elite Wrestling event, FA Cup finals, NFL games, Challenge Cup finals, and a series of sellout concerts from the likes of Harry Styles, Blur, The Weeknd and more.

Over the summer, more than one million people visited the stadium, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. In 2024, Wembley will host six Taylor Swift concerts, with three dates in June and three in August.

Last month, the stadium welcomed its first high street food retailer as M&S Food opened two stores inside the venue ahead of the Community Shield match between Arsenal and Manchester City. The food halls are located on the east and western sides of level two, inside the stadium.

Prior to joining Wembley, Boylan worked as an event manager at SJM Concerts, based in Manchester, for over 13 years. He previously spent time as an event manager at Manchester Arena and prior to that worked as a policeman in the Royal Air Force.